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Pieces of the Past, Fragments for the Future

Pieces of the Past, Fragments for the Future

In Pieces of the Past, Fragments for the Future, I explored my family ancestry, and the people, places and objects that have been part of their migration experience from the Philippines to Canada. I created a set of 3 silkscreened prints and a Risograph artist book, containing assemblages of visual elements from the past and present, including photographs, text, drawings, symbols, and visual interpretations of family stories heard over the years, in an attempt to construct a narrative about my Filipina-Canadian identity and give voice and visibility to the journeys of my ancestors. In documenting my search, I also aimed to provide a visual methodology for those interested in exploring their own roots, whatever their cultural background. Part of Carleton University Art Gallery’s 2017 summer exhibition Open Edition.
(Photos by Justin Wonnacott)

Sampler Album Cover and Zine Insert

Sampler Album Cover and Zine Insert

Designed and printed the album cover and zine insert for the Low Noise Productions release, Sampler.

– Risograph print inserted in plastic sleeve (edition of 100)

– Handsilkscreened black and white album cover (edition of 100)

– Zine insert in each of the albums (edition of 200). Featuring an assemblage of photographs, text, drawings and patterns. Printed using the Risograph machine.

Risomania

Risomania

In De la mimeographie a la risographie et tout le reste entre les deux : Interview de Knust / Extrapool, I interviewed Knust/Extrapool, based in the Netherlands, who are considered pioneers of using stencil duplicators, including the Risograph, for artistic purposes. Their interview looks at how they started in the 1980s, the various stencil duplicators they’ve used over the years, the developments they’ve experienced, and where they see this print technique heading in the future.

An article for Risomania: The New Spirit of Printing, a project by Vetro Editions (Berlin, Germany). Published in French in 2016 by Pyramyd Editions (France). Published in English (forthcoming) by Niggli Verlag (Switzerland). An overview of the history and contemporary use of stencil duplicators, including the Risograph.

An interview originally conducted forPrints & Inks 2015: Risograph Edition.

A First Lady and Her Shoes

A First Lady and Her Shoes

A hand silkscreened diptych of Imelda Marcos, former Philippines first lady, and a pair of shoes from the shoe museum in Marikina, Philippines, where hundreds of her shoes are on display. It plays on Andy Warhol’s pieces Jackie O. (1964) and Diamond Dust Shoes (1980-81) using colours of the Philippine flag. Marcos is acknowledged internationally as one of the most controversial yet popular pop culture icons of the Philippines. The first of several print pieces exploring and attempting to raise the profile of the history, symbols, famous figures and present context associated with being Filipino-Canadian. Filipinos in Canada are one of the largest visible minority and immigrant groups in Canada, but arguably our culture and contributions remain relatively unrecognized.

Featured at the Alternative Art Fair in Sudbury presented by la Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario, as part of Galerie SAW Gallery’s submission.

Possible Worlds x Identity

Possible Worlds x Identity

In response to the lack of accessible cultural infrastructure available to the arts community in Ottawa for learning, gathering and experimentation, as well as our desire to engage with more diverse perspectives I, along with my partner Jason Pelletier, launched Possible Worlds in 2015.

Possible Worlds is an artist-run shop, gallery and project space in Chinatown, Ottawa, Canada focusing on graphic art and electronic music. Occupying a 330 square foot former travel agency since February 2015, this micro arts and social hub brings together and showcases the work of contemporary visual artists, printmakers, media artists, sound artists, music producers, DJs, craftspeople, writers, social practitioners and the community-at-large, from Canada and internationally. A curated selection of works is sold in our shop, focusing on new and limited edition pieces produced by local, Canadian and international artists, as well as in-house. Each month we host a range of art and cultural happenings (exhibitions, talks, workshops, meetups, events, installations), with a focus on emerging, experimental, participatory and diverse art practices.

Almost a year later, Possible Worlds is increasingly seen by artists and residents as a small arts hub unique to the city, an integral site contributing to Ottawa’s burgeoning creative scene.

The opening of the space mark the 10-year anniversary of our studio, Spins & Needles.

I designed Possible Worlds’ identity and logo in black and white and simple shapes to reflect a minimal, contemporary approach to our project. The interlocking circles along a straight line represent the infinite and various perspectives of experiencing the world, coexisting together.

Hot Cold Experiments

Hot Cold Experiments

To introduce creatives in Ottawa to the Risograph printing machine, I organized a Risograph pizza party . The outcome was a collaborative zine. Close to 20 contributors assembled their own pages using collage, illustrations and text around the theme of “hot” and “cold”; “hot” images were printed out in red and “cold” images were printed in blue. The book was assembled using Japanese binding techniques.

Noodle Bowl

Noodle Bowl

The Noodle Bowl is a contemporary take on a staple food in its traditional ceramic blue vessel. A 3-colour hand silkscreened print, the design was influenced by a previous poster design I created for the exhibition, 613 Snack Time. Living close to and owning a shop in Ottawa’s Chinatown has meant more time discovering and consuming Asian snacks and meals. The piece was featured and sold at the annual 2015 Cyclelogik Art Exhibition in Ottawa.

Noise in NYC

Noise in NYC

A Risograph printed art book featuring a collection of patterns of city sounds during a month-long stay in New York City in the summer of 2014. From “real talk” on a Lorimer Street stoop to ghetto blaster beats in Union Square, I attempted to capture the beautiful cacophony of one of the most diverse cities in the world. An album on CD of soundscapes in New York City was produced by DJ and sound artist DJ Jason Pelletier to accompany a limited number of book editions. Risotheromographic cover.

Good Place, No Place

Good Place, No Place

In Good Place, No Place, I created a set of prints that reflects on possible futures, using the publication, Utopia by Thomas More, as a point of departure. The year 2016 marks the 500-year anniversary of when Utopia was first published, but the ideas it contains still remain relevant today, particularly at this moment in human history.

Questions arise:

· What is a perfect society?

· What social, political, and moral aspects would be present?

· What does a 21st century re-envisioning of possibilities – in Canada and in the world – look like?

Through a set of silkscreened prints suggestive of pages in an artist’s book, I began an initial exploration into how the meaning of utopia (which in Greek means both “good place” or “no place”) has changed over time; characteristics of a “good place” and no place”; and speculates what utopia might look like for the Canada of tomorrow.

A solo exhibit in the Canada Council Art Nook, September 21 to October 31, 2016.

Experiments in City Life

Experiments in City Life

This cityscape design was an experiment using simple shapes, line marks and a minimum number of colours.

The digital design came first; the cityscape was used as part of a promotional poster I designed for an afterhours event we produced as Spins & Needles in collaboration with the National Gallery of Canada. The night featured late-night access to the Gallery’s contemporary collection, interactive DIY art/craft projects, music by DJs Jason Pelletier and Clifford Brown and guided tours of the exhibits.

The cityscape was later rendered into a 3-colour hand silkscreened poster during a summer program in silkscreening at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Prints & Inks 2015

Prints & Inks 2015

I curated the 2015 edition of the Prints & Inks Exhibition series presented by Spins & Needles at Possible Worlds. We featured leading international artists, designers, publishers and studios who have pioneered and are producing experimental work using the Risograph, pushing the boundaries of the machine, and disseminating ideas through print in a democratic and accessible way.

Featured artists, designers, studios and presses: Clay Hickson | Tan & Loose Press (Chicago, US) | Colpa Press (San Francisco, US) | Gabriella Marcella | Risotto Press (Glasgow, Scotland) | Ink Cha Cha (Hong Kong)
Issue Press (Grand Rapids, US) | JP King | Paper Pusher (Toronto, Canada) | Knuckles & Notch (Singapore) | Knust/ Extrapool (Nijmegen, The Netherlands) | Sigrid Calon (Tilburg, The Netherlands)

Pizza Box Project

Pizza Box Project

Commissioned by the Ottawa Art Gallery to design and print Volume 2 of their “Pizza Box” for their annual auction, Le pARTy. The box contained a collection of affordable multiples by five Ottawa artists (including myself).

In collaboration with artist Mana Rouholamini, we reimagined a pizza box that was contemporary, colourful and eye-catching. The pizza was divided into eight equal slices, alternating between each of our patterns and hand silkscreened onto the box using three colours (orange, process magenta, process yellow). A fourth colour, black, was used to silkscreen the names of the contributors, edition information and logos for the OAG’s fundraising campaign. Edition of 25.

Orientations: Illustrations by Ness Lee

Orientations: Illustrations by Ness Lee

For the first solo graphic art show at Possible Worlds, I worked with Toronto illustrator Ness Lee to curate and present her show.

Ness is a recent graduate from OCAD University in Toronto, but in a few short years has become recognized for her distinctive illustration style and subject matter. Selected as a top illustrator by American Illustration, Society of Illustrators and CMYK magazines, Ness has shown at exhibitions and fairs in Canada and internationally.

In Orientations, the artist draws on her personal experiences – negotiating what it means to be Hakka-Chinese Canadian, a person of colour, an artist, a young female, a daughter – to portray multifaceted characters, often in vulnerable positions and contexts. At the same time, Ness subtly brings attention to and challenges traditional perceptions of Asian beauty, sexuality, nudity and power, bringing together pieces of her cultural heritage to create a strong and candid visual narrative of her own.

I also collaborated with Ness to print a limited edition of 25 tote bags featuring her illustration, Rice Cooker, which was exclusive to our shop as part of her show.

Everyone’s a Winner Baby

Everyone’s a Winner Baby

This poster design was a collage experiment using geometric patterns, simple shapes and Eadweard Muybridge’s iconic photographic studies of motion from the nineteenth century to create distinctive gold, silver and bronze medals.

The digital design came first; it was used as part of a promotional poster for a Spins & Needles event as well as the album cover for Spins & Needles first album release off our music label.

The design was later rendered into a 4-colour hand silkscreened poster during a summer program in silkscreening at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Experiments in Island Life

Experiments in Island Life

A piece commissioned by the Ottawa Art Gallery as part of their Multiples series, a featured item at their annual fundraising event, Le pARTy. Selected alongside four other Ottawa print artists to produce new work. I was also commissioned to design and print the vessel carrying the work of the five artists, which took the form of a pizza box. Limited edition of 25.

Mobile & Making Identity x Shop

Mobile & Making Identity x Shop

Logo and pieces created for Mobile & Making, the alias I used for self-initiated printed apparel and products inspired by exploration, place and travel.

The logo design integrates multiple elements. Mountain tops are paired with a hot air balloon to evoke a sense exploration. The letter “M” is mirrored in the mountain tops as well as the hot air balloon to emphasize my alias and first name.

To reflect the significance of print, the basket in the hot air balloon doubles as a squeegee and the mountain tops double as ink streaks being pulled by the squeegee.

Some of the items I’ve developed and printed include: (1) Black cotton tote bags are hand silkscreened with adventure-related quotes collected over the years; and (2) Silk scarves are digitally printed featuring photos of different places I have visited.

Spins & Needles Studio & Identity

Spins & Needles Studio & Identity

Spins & Needles is a multidisciplinary studio which produces and curates independent cultural projects in shared settings. I co-founded the studio with producer-sound artist and partner Jason Pelletier. Our initiatives include a record label, print studio, events, workshops, site-specific installations and graphic art exhibitions. Our latest project is the experimental art space and storefront Possible Worlds.

Recognized for on site- and socially-engaged programming, our work has been shown in established institutions and pop-up venues in major international cities. Spins & Needles partially inspired the National Gallery of Canada’s afterhours public program, Artsparks, and we partnered with them to produce multiple events.

As Creative Director, I lead Spins & Needles artistic programming, experience design, strategic collaborations and graphic art.

I designed our updated logo in 2010 to reflect our evolution to a studio specializing in music and visual art. The circle and triangle pay homage to a needle on a record, as well as abstract shapes that are the building blocks of graphic art. The logo maintains a black and white colour palette to reflect our roots in the DIY movement, as well as the dazzle camouflage motif, the theme of our 5-year anniversary party in 2010.

613 Snack Time

613 Snack Time

As part of Apt613’s Support Local month, I conceived and coordinated the project Snack Time: A 3-Course Serving, which Possible Worlds and local venue House of Common collaborated to present. Part food gathering, part art show and part publication, we celebrated the diversity of food through the world of snacks.

Participating artists included: > Melissa Blackman > Regreta Brown > Kristina Corre > Olivia Johnston > Stephanie St-Jean Aubre > Delphine Sullivan > Guillermo Trejo > Ben Van Duyvendyk > Colin White > LOG Creative Bureau

Granja Squid EP

Granja Squid EP

Designed and hand silkscreened the CD cover for the release Squid, by Montreal-based DJ and producer Granja. Featuring four techno house tracks: Tentacle, Squid, Mantle and Camouflage. Digitally printed CD label mirroring the cover. The eighth release from the Spins & Needles music label. Limited edition covers of 50.